BCFU Spring Break: Novice National Champions

March 21, 2018

While they could have gone to the beach for Spring Break, 14 first year members of BCFU instead traveled to Suffolk University in Boston to compete in the Novice Nationals Forensics Association National Tournament on March 9-11. After three difficult days of competition, the team had an unprecedented 27 national finalists and a team National Championship. BCFU had an impressive 370 points overall, winning the team first place by 175 points. This marks the first time BCFU has won a team national championship since 2001 and only the second time in the team's history.


Also at the tournament, Berry College Director of Forensics Matt Delzer was elected as the next Executive Director of the Novice Nationals Forensics Association! He is looking forward to an exciting year of preparing for the 2019 Novice Nationals. 




Dramatic Interpretation 

Shelby Newland - National Champion!
Tasha Mwangi- 2nd
Nadia Clinkscales - 4th


Duo Interpretation 

Ben Allee and Olivia Brown - 3rd
Jacob Pritchett and Noah Syverson - 4th
Tasha Mwangi and Britton Ody -6th



Jacob Pritchett - 2nd


Impromptu Sales

Jacob Pritchett - 3rd
Kandra Martin - 4th



Jacob Pritchett - 2nd



Nadia Clinkscales - 6th



Britton Ody - 2nd


Poetry Interpretation 

Shelby Newland - 3rd



Noah Syverson - 6th



Noah Syverson - 5th
Tasha Mwangi - 6th


Public Narrative

Tasha Mwangi - 2nd
Olivia Brown - 3rd
Shelby Newland - 4th
Ben Allee - 5th
Noah Syverson - 6th
Kandra Martin - 7th
Ashley Beaubouef - 8th


Rhetorical Criticism

Hunter Berry - 4th
Chase Hollub - 6th


Slam Poetry

Noah Syverson - 2nd
Shelby Newland - 5th


Individual Sweepstakes

Jacob Pritchett - 2nd
Tasha Mwangi - 6th


Team Sweepstakes

Large Team Division Champions!

Open Division Champions!


The team now looks forward to the Varsity National Speech Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska, on March 24-25 and the Interstate Oratorical Association National Championship on April 28-29. BCFU has had an amazing season of competition and the novices of the team have accomplished so much and making the rest of the team proud! 






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